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Soren Olson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Soren Olson

Birth Name

ca. 1836 –

Resident of Muster-In

Willer’s Creek, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

14 Dec 1861

Soren Olson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed him as living in Willer’s Creek, WI, age 25, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 14, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). Olson was sick in Tullahoma, TN on July 1, 1863 and then sick in Stevenson, AL on August 28, 1863. He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal) and then transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps on September 11, 1863.

After the war, he filed a pension on November 2, 1882 in MN.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.34; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.395; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN p.265; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.297; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886,p.809; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_355; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, Vol. I. Fifteenth Regiment Infantry, p.809.